Selective transportation of molybdenum from model and ore through poly inclusion membrane

  • Nauman Ali
  • Nasiha Naz
  • Ziarat Shah
  • Anwar ul Haq Ali shah
  • Adnan Khan
  • Rubila Nawaz
Keywords: Molybdenum extraction, Poly inclusion membrane, Aliquat 336


The extraction of molybdenum from the aqueous solution through poly inclusion membrane (PIM) containing tri-caprylylmethylammonium chloride (Aliquat-336) as a carrier has been investigated. A solution of molybdenum in phosphoric acid was used as a feed side while sodium hydroxide was used as stripping reagent. The results indicate that maximum flux value was obtained at 0.16 M Aliquat-336. Increase in H3PO4 concentration from 0.05 to 1.5 M results into an increase in molybdenum ions. The maximum flux of 3.00×10−6 mol/m2s through PIM was found at 1.5 M H3PO4. The optimized conditions were applied for removal of Mo(VI) from ore and more than 97 % Mo(VI) was extracted.


Bull. Chem. Soc. Ethiop. 2020, 34(1), 93-104.



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